University of the District of Columbia basketball coach Wil Jones has been trying to get his Firebirds to be more patient all season, but even when patient, they've still been able to roll up a lot of points.
Last night against a scrappy Gallaudet team, UDC displayed a running game, dunk show and three-point shooting exhibition to cruise to its 17th straight home court victory, a 115-75 triumph at the Physical Activities Center.
"We took our time and they didn't get individual," Jones said. "They ran their offense and rebounded well. It always seems to look like our kids don't start to play well until after December, partly because I'm so hard on them. But right now we are starting to get into groove."
For nearly 10 minutes of the first half, Gallaudet (4-12) stayed within 12, in part to the strong inside game of center Ken Anderson (20 points, 10 rebounds, 13 points in the first half) and scoring by forward Brian Bippus. But UDC (14-3) just had too much talent.
At 39-27, UDC got a basket from Robert Pollard to start a 17-8 run for a 56-35 halftime lead.
The Firebirds kept extending the lead after intermission. Antonio Harris (20 points, six of nine from three-point range) hit from outside, Terrence Stanfill (14 points, four dunks) dominated the inside and Darryl Wilson (seven assists) ran a sharp floor game.
"That's my job," Harris said about shooting three-pointers. "Coach just tells us to shoot, and we do what he says."
With 9:18 left and UDC ahead by 85-52, Anderson fouled out, leaving the Bison with only one top scorer. Five minutes later, UDC, which shot 66 percent in winning its seventh straight, surpassed the 100-point mark on Dexter Johnson's basket.
Norfolk St. 59, Bowie St. 57:
Carlos Thomas scored with one second left to give the Spartans (15-2, 8-2) the CIAA victory at Bowie State. Mike Sinclair led Bowie State (3-14, 3-9) with 13 points.
The game at Gettysburg was called off because of snow. The makeup date is Feb. 22.